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Chaffee Art’s July ‘Artists of the Month’ Sandie Biggs will show work at a gallery opening and reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today, July 7. The reception will be held at BV Art and Photo, formerly Ark Valley Digital Imaging (A.V.D.I), at 317 East Main Street in Buena Vista. If you can’t make the reception today, the artwork will be available to view all month long in the gallery.

Art Auction: “A Buena Vista Art Legacy”

Another chance to enjoy the fine arts, “A Buena Vista Art Legacy” is a collection gathered by Grant Heilman and Conrad Nelson. The collection has been donated by Nelson and spans several decades. It showcases art from both local and nationally known artists.

Heilman, Nelson’s husband, collected art over many years and a selection of those pieces will be up for auction. Heilman and his first wife Marjorie were also active in the Pennsylvania art scene, and many pieces in this auction were part of their joint collection. Heilman and his second wife, Barbara Whipple, helped found Chaffee Arts in 1985 and supported the Buena Vista art scene for many years.

There will be over 70 pieces of art for sale with approximately 20 of those included in the live art auction including a Barbara Whipple piece up for auction at the event.

The event will be held at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum at 506 East Main Street. The Preview Party with refreshments catered by Sorelle begins at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Entry costs $5. The live auction and art sale will begin after the preview party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

There will also be an exhibit and art sale from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16. The regular museum entry fee applies. All proceeds benefit Chaffee Arts and Buena Vista Heritage.

Colorado auctioneer Edward Allow will be the emcee and auctioneer for the event. Alloy is a certified auction appraiser. He graduated from Continental Auctioneer School in 2004.

Participants must register when they arrive in order to bid on the art pieces. There will be framed and unframed art for sale in addition to the auctioned items. Prices will vary to meet a variety of budgets.

More information about the event is available online here.

Chaffee Arts

According to their website, Chaffee Arts’ mission is to support local artists, promote their art, and learn from one another.  They strive to create a visual arts community in Chaffee County through education, shows, and arts collaborations to add to the artistic and economic vitality of the region.